Keep the Guard in Oregon Updates and Action Alert


The Campaign to Keep Oregon’s Guard in Oregon continues to move forward; with an excellent hearing held in the House Rules committee last Wednesday (audio at, a well-covered rally and march on Sunday, and legislative visits to nearly every member of the legislature on Monday.

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Annual Rural Caucus & Strategy Session

On March 15th & 16th, 2009, ROP members from all corners of the state will converge on the Capitol in Salem for 36 hours to advance our progressive power. We’ll start with a Sunday Rural Caucus to hone our organizing strategies and skills and affirm our platform of specific policy needs. On Monday, we’ll take that platform to our Legislators and Governor, exposing the unacceptable Costs of the Wars at Home and Abroad and demanding a new deal for Rural Oregon’s communities and beyond.

We have worked hard to earn back some progressive, common sense power.
In 2009, we intend to use it.
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Democracy Bailout!

We think that it is time for an infusion of democracy and a show of solidarity at the Capitol!  That’s why ROP and our allies at PCUN, Oregon Action, AFSC, CALC, Center for Intercultural Organizing, and others are joining together for a Democracy Bailout Day of Action in Salem on Monday, March 16th.

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ICE & Arpaio still terrorizing. Know Your Rights!

Today, the New York Times Editorial Page took the Obama Administration to task for their Bush-holdover immigration enforcement policies. Meanwhile, this past weekend thousands of people rallied in Phoenix against the dictatorial Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Check out the great coverage of the protest by Pacifica Radio. The public has tired of militaristic tactics in our streets and against our communities — activists know it and even the media knows it. Yet old policies remain the standard.

What do you do when raids, racial profiling, harassment or hate crimes happen in your community? And what are the alternatives to this broken system?

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Standing Out! for Gender Justice

The realities of day-to-day life for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered Oregonians has changed a lot since ROP first organized rural communities to defeat Measure 9 – the anti-gay ballot measure which sought to define homosexuality as ‘abnormal and perverse’ and enjoin state agencies from doing anything to ‘promote the homosexual agenda.’ “[New laws] have […]

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Mar 2009 KTA: Stories from Home

This year’s Rural Caucus and Strategy Session is all about, “Organizing with Hope in Times of Crisis.” In preparation, Human Dignity Groups around the state will root out examples of Hope and Crisis in each of our communities, and collage them together to build the peoples’ story of struggle, courage and new models of survival in rural Oregon.

Think of it as a scavenger hunt, a show-and-tell, or a group crafts project. Bring your stories to the ROP Caucus coming up in a few short weeks and together we’ll build a visual representation of hope & crisis with pictures, brochures, art and news stories.

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